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Massachusetts State Office

State Executive Director

Edward Davidian

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State Office Address

445 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-4500

Welcome to the Massachusetts Farm Service Agency Home Page

Massachusetts FSA is proud to continue its strong tradition of customer-based service to Massachusetts farmers and producers. The staff in our seven county offices is committed to securing the highest possible financial assistance from USDA programs through accurate, timely and efficient program delivery. This website can help you learn more about our programs and point you toward your local office so that you can speak directly with staff on how we can be of service.

FSA programs include

  • Commodity price supports
  • Disaster and emergency relief
  • Conservation and environmental programs
  • Farm emergency, ownership, and operating loans – including our new Microloan program which aims to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers

Massachusetts agriculture contributes over $492 million annually to the state’s economy, ranks 5th nationally in direct market sales, and first in the percentage of farms practicing Community Supported Agriculture. Noted for great diversity in both crops and in the nature of farming enterprises, our state has some of the best quality agricultural land in the country with 7,755 farms on over 523,000 total acres. 80% of our farms are family-owned, 95% qualify as "small farms" (under $250,000 in sales), and more new farms are beginning operations each year. Challenges for farmers include high input costs and contending with one of the highest farmland values in the U.S. at $10,600 per acre.


Staff

State Executive Director: Edward Davidian
District Director: Daniel Smiarowski
Executive Officer: Lori Carver
Farm Loan Chief: Eric Bodzinski
Program Specialist: John Devine

Massachusetts State Committee

Bradford Morse, Chairman
Lisa Colby, Member
James Larkin, Member
Willard McKinstry, Member
Matthew Parsons, Member

The Massachusetts State Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month, subject to change.


Environmental Assessments for Public Review (None at Present)


In the Spotlight

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

A call center will be available for producers who would like additional one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. To find the latest information on CFAP 2, including forms and the contact information for your local Service Center, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.

2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill provides support, certainty, and stability to our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation.  Additional information can be found at https://www.farmers.gov/farmbill.

Sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication Access

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process, producers doing business as an individual can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient  www.farmers.gov. USDA eAuthentication does not have the mechanism to issue login accounts to businesses, corporations, other entities, or for anyone acting on behalf of another individual or entity. Producers, doing business as an individual, first need to sign up for Level 2 eAuthentication access.

  • Step 1: Create an online account at www.eauth.usda.gov
  • Step 2: Complete identity verification by either using the online self-service identity verification method or by completing the identity verification in person at your USDA Service Center.
  • Step 3: Contact your local USDA Service Center to have your new Level 2 account linked with your USDA customer record.
  • Step 4:  You’re enrolled and ready to log in.

Users with a secure Level 2 eAuthentication ID, linked to their USDA customer record, can apply for select USDA programs, view and print farm maps and farm records data. Enrolling is easy! Visit farmers.gov/sign-in to learn more. To locate a service center near you or use online services not requiring eAuthentication access, visit www.farmers.gov. For technical assistance, call the eAuthentication help desk at 1-800-457-3642.